Creatine has shown some marvelous benefits in treating diabetes, even though very, very, very few people are familiar with this property. Creatine is much better known as a supplement taken by bodybuilders to build muscle mass. Hardly anyone knows how good this is for type 2 diabetes, and it may even be the most effective anti diabetic agent known.
There are a bunch of nutritional supplements that help with high blood sugar, and some of them are fairly well known, and with some of the more famous ones the benefits aren’t even that significant. For instance cinnamon and chromium can help but the real benefit of these is when they are stacked together, and the cumulative benefits of these can be significant, but on their own they don’t do all that much with a lot of diabetics.
This leads people to try some of these things and not be able to discern any meaningful benefits, perhaps they only take them for a short period of time, and don’t realize that the benefits of natural substances can take several months to fully manifest, or they may not be using the proper dosage.
In any case, there aren’t a lot of things that provide significant benefits by themselves, berberine has been shown to do this, but it seems to me that only certain types of berberine do this, and I’ve found personally that only berberine derived from Indian barberry and not other species of barberry help me, and the difference is very notable.
Nothing helps my blood sugar like creatine does, and I’ve found this to be hands down the best anti diabetic out there. When we’re talking stand alone stuff, we mean things that can go head to head with pharmaceuticals, berberine has been shown to do this, and perhaps surprisingly, creatine has as well.
If things work as well as pharmaceuticals, why wouldn’t you just take the pharmaceuticals though? Well it’s not just about lowering blood sugar, it’s about lowering blood sugar naturally, as opposed to the artificial lowering you get from meds.
The best way to explain this is that meds lower your blood sugar at a price, for instance increasing insulin to temporarily lower it but then causing a rebound effect as insulin resistance is increased over time. Similar effects can be found with other meds, they look to correct hormonal imbalances by creating more inbalance in the long run and that’s just not going to work.
So all anti diabetic meds fail over time, this isn’t even in dispute by anyone, their strategy is to use something until it fails and then keep increasing the medication until the battle eventually is lost and one cannot achieve adequate blood sugar control even under the most aggressive medication protocols. Then they just say well diabetes is a progressive disease and we’re doing what we can, you still are told to take all these meds of course, but now the goals of the treatment is to slow down the progression when in fact it actually accelerates it.
This is a lot like being addicted to heroin and needing more and more and when you stop you get worse off, at least temporarily, and when you stop these meds your blood sugar surely will rise, and usually pretty significantly, for a while anyway. Moreover, without a good plan, you’re not getting better anyway, so you will still suffer from the ravages of diabetes even though you may be slowing down the progression by not medicating yourself in a way that clearly worsens the disease over time.
For instance, you may not be making your insulin resistance worse when you get off toxic levels of insulin, levels which in themselves are a disease state, the disease of high insulin actually, and high insulin is even worse than high blood sugar, because it not only raises your blood sugar over time but also comes with additional problems, and a lot of them, and some big ones too.
So the plan needs to be to look to restore the balance of the body, to actually try to fix what is wrong, and that’s the difference between natural and artificial approaches in treating diabetes.
The major mechanism that creatine addresses to help diabetes is to increase GLUT4 transcription, and when we get diabetes and insulin resistance, the major mechanism that goes wrong is that our GLUT4 transcription declines. This is what insulin resistance does to us, and this leads to all sorts of problems, with higher blood sugar being just one of them.
Creatine also helps balance insulin secretion in the pancreas, and that’s another issue that diabetics suffer from and can benefit from.
Are creatine levels lower in diabetics? Well we’ve done studies on this and have shown that this is indeed the case, so using creatine is more than just a medicine, it’s also about restoring the body’s natural balance. When we don’t have enough creatine, our muscles suffer, and this is the reason bodybuilders use it.
They want to be high, and that can build muscle, but being low is no good for sure, and one of the things that happens is our muscles don’t get enough nutrients, including glucose, and when they don’t, well this glucose can build up in your blood if you are a diabetic.
So lack of creatine isn’t the only problem here but it’s one of them for sure. So what happens if we give creatine to diabetics? In a 12 week randomly controlled double blind study, creatine was found to lower A1C in diabetic subjects an average of 1%, and that puts this right up there with anything else we have to lower blood sugar.
5 grams of creatine daily also significantly reduced after meal blood sugar readings, and this was the most notable result of the study, reducing readings from alarmingly high to only a bit above normal during this short duration.
The medical authorities don’t want you to know this though and they even want to scare diabetics away from creatine, suggesting that this will raise creatinine levels, which sounds similar but is not the same thing at all. Higher creatinine levels are a marker of kidney disease, high blood sugar causes kidney disease, something that puts our blood sugar down is good and not bad for our kidneys.
If someone actually has kidney disease though, they are going to have to address that first, and may need to limit their protein intake as they address that, although the drugs they give you for this of course don’t fix anything and therefore the prognosis is on the grim side, by design even, perhaps.
When you have kidney disease there’s a lot of things you can’t take though, kidney disease most certainly requires that you focus on that, and this is a difficult condition to treat regardless, but that’s another topic really and for those of us with healthy kidneys, well there’s no reason to be concerned about modest amounts of creatine or protein because it’s only when the kidneys are diseased that this is an issue.
I love creatine and wouldn’t be without it and my blood sugar sure likes it.